Total purse of US$28,000 up for grabs at EUSPBA Champs – but you’ll need to be a member
Not since the PipeFest competitions in Chicago in the early-1980s has such a large total of prize money been on offer for winning pipe bands, and an overall purse of US$28,000 will be there for the taking through four grades of events at the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Pipe Band Championships. A combined $10,000 is to be won in Grade 1 alone.
As in the past, the competition will be open only to bands that are paid-up members of the EUSPBA, and, if they want to compete, they need to join by May 1, 2010, with rosters of band members received by June 1st. EUSPBA band membership dues range from $125 to $200, depending on the time of year they are paid.
The EUSPBA last ran an association championship in 2007, under a relatively complex qualifier process. The 2010 event is the first to include a Grade 1 competition.
Part of the established Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival, the competition will be held on July 17th in Florence, Massachusetts, a town of about 11,000 lying approximately 160 kilometres west of Boston. While prize money is high, no travel allowance is being provided to bands.
Monetary prizes (all in US$) are:
Grade 1: 1st $5,000, 2nd $3,000, 3rd $2,000
Grade 2: 1st $4,000, 2nd $2500, 3rd $2,000
Grade 3: 1st $3000, 2nd $2,000, 3rd $1,000
Grade 4: 1st $2,000, 2nd $1,500, 3rd $500
The Chicago competitions of the 1980s offered a US$5,000 first-prize in Grade 1, worth about $5,500 in 2010 currency. More recently, Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band’s 10th Anniversary Invitational Competition awarded £2,500 to the winners, House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead.
Simon Fraser University reportedly received £1,000 for winning the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships. The World’s, and almost all pipe band competitions around the world, do not require a non-member bands to join the sanctioning association, opting instead to follow a policy of membership reciprocity with accredited organizations.